Date palm research

April 22, 2012 at 5:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

7th Annual Steering and Technical Committee meetings of the date palm project, Muscat, 24-25 March

 

Date palm project meetings: researchers and policy makers identified priority areas for research

Six countries are partners in Development of sustainable date palm production systems, a research project that is helping to improve date palm yields and quality across the Gulf region. The project is funded by the Gulf Cooperation Council and led by ICARDA. The Steering and Technical Committee meetings brought together policy makers from Oman (including H.E. Dr Ishaq Al Ruqaishy, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries) and researchers from the six countries and from ICARDA.The meeting reviewed progress made in the 2011-12 season, and developed workplans for 2012-13. The discussions identified two areas – management of the red palm weevil, biotechnology applications for breeding and genetics – where work could be expanded. An external review panel presented its assessment of the project, concluding that significant progress had been made in each research theme: propagation, crop management, integrated pest management, postharvest handling, processing, biotechnology and capacity development.

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